The 2014 Kia Sportage, that was redesigned for the 2011 model year, is predicted to receive what’s referred to as a mid-cycle refresh. The vehicle’s basic size, form and mechanical elements can in all probability carry over, increased maybe by with modesty restyled front- and hit treatments, a couple of new options, one or additional new wheel styles and/or another exterior color selections.
The 2014 Kia Sportage ought to still provide a good vary assortment of comfort and convenience options, as well as heated/ventilated front seats, a cooled glove box, and also the “UVO” voice-activated amusement and communication system, however it’s aloof from being class-leading during this regard (that honor would arguably head to the tech-laden Ford Escape). perceptibly absent from its customary and nonmandatory options, in our read, square measure things sort of a power passenger’s seat, power raise gate, and a blind-spot warning system.
We find few faults with the Kia Sportage’s performance, tho’ we might wish to see the road add a flashy trim level or choice package that might embody a stiffened suspension and grippier tires for another cornering skills. Otherwise, the Sportage comes nicely battery-powered by a selection of a two.4-liter 176-horsepower four-cylinder engine in most versions or a two.0-liter 260-horsepower turbocharged four within the prime SX. A manual transmission is customary with the bottom model, whereas all alternative models keep company with a six-speed automatic, with each hill-start assist and hill-descent management functions customary. All-wheel drive (AWD) is nonmandatory on all versions however the bottom model.
The 2014 Kia Sportage fuel economy estimates aren’t probably to vary from their model-year 2013 levels. this implies a front-drive version with the two.4-liter four-cylinder engine ought to be rated at an honest 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined with the six-speed manual transmission and 22/32/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic; models with the two.0-liter turbo four and automatic ought to be rated at 22/29/24 mpg.
We don’t expect to ascertain far more than token worth will increase for the 2014 Kia Sportage so as to assist the vehicle stay competitive in a very heatedly oppose market section. this implies the bottom front-drive model ought to see a base worth of around $20,000, with the volume-selling LX beginning at concerning $22,500, the better-equipped EX at around $25,500, and also the prime SX at concerning $28,250 (prices embody the manufacturer’s destination charge, that ought to once more be around $800).
The 2014 Kia Sportage can probably be discharged in September of 2013.
The Kia Sportage won’t see its next major plan till the 2015 or 2016 model year. The vehicle can probably see extended styling changes and will ride on a brand new platform, tho’ no specifics square measure nonetheless reported or forthcoming. It’s attainable Kia might build the next-generation Sportage slightly smaller to higher differentiate it from the larger Sorento crossover SUV, and for the sake of weight reduction that might raise fuel economy gains. To the latter finish a hybrid-powered version won’t be out of the question.